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News round-up 1/7

BBIA website launches; Concern at NI bottles return scheme; New tech makes gas from cheese; M&S launching Community Energy Fund

BBIA website launches

UK trade body, the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) has officially launched its website to provide a platform for showcasing members’ work on furthering the bioeconomy.

BBIA has also requested a meeting with resource minister Rory Stewart to present its policy requests.

The website address is

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Concern at NI bottles return scheme

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed concern at a proposed cash for bottles scheme outlined by Department of Environment Minister Mark Durkan.

NIIRTA’s concern is based on the pilot schemes in Scotland, where independent retailers’ objections included concern over cost to the business, increased staffing and the space to store and manage high volumes of returned beverage containers.

Chief executive Glyn Roberts said: “NIIRTA members trade at the heart of our communities and local economies and the additional cost and burden of compliance with a deposit and return scheme will have a significant negative impact on the operation of our members’ businesses.”

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New tech makes gas from cheese

Anaerobic digestion treatment company Clearfleau has finished the first stage in a sustainability project (pictured above) for First Milk, at one of the UK’s largest cheese creameries.

Once operational, the plant will feed bio-methane into the gas grid and produce renewable energy from the waste products of the cheese process while reducing residual sludge management costs.

When commissioned, the digesters will generate 1000cu m per day of biogas, some of which will also be used in the creamery for steam generation.

Tom Northway, Director of Lake District Biogas says: “Clearfleau’s on-site digestion technology has been selected as it has a proven track record in the dairy sector. It will optimise gas output and deliver a solid return on capital invested.”

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M&S launching Community Energy Fund

Marks and Spencer Energy has launched a Community Energy Fund, with up to £400,000 available to support renewable energy projects, including energy-from-waste.

Any not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits can apply.

Following the initial application and shortlisting process, the winners will be decided by public vote, enabling local communities to choose the project they believe offers the greatest benefit to them.

There are estimated to be over 5,000 community energy groups currently active in the UK, with over 700 launching every year since 2008.

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